Coronavirus

Coverage of COVID-19 and its impact on pensions and investments

DB pension plan funding recovers in Q2 after rough Q1: reports

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In the second quarter of 2020, the funded positions of defined benefit plans recovered almost half of the losses incurred during the coronavirus crash of ...

Helping members to and through retirement at the Saskatchewan Pension Plan

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The Saskatchewan Pension Plan is improving investment choice for members in the accumulation phase and introducing new options to help them through decumulation as well. Leading ...

Statistics Canada says economy posted record 11.6 per cent plunge in April

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Statistics Canada says the economy saw its largest monthly drop on record in April as it came to a near standstill due to the pandemic, ...

Caisse part of consortium bidding to acquire Cirque du Soleil assets

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A consortium of investors, including the Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec, private-equity firm TPG Capital and investment company Fosun International Ltd., is partnering with Investissement ...

What does Fitch’s downgrade of Canada mean for institutional investors?

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Since 2004, Canada has held a AAA rating from all major ratings agencies, but on June 24, it suffered a blow when Fitch Ratings Inc. ...

Coronavirus: a true test of partnership for private equity firms

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As the novel coronavirus pandemic upended the way businesses operate, investors around the world have been able follow daily market gyrations in real time to ...

What’s dragging down the Canadian economy as the world reopens?

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Along with the rest of the globe, Canada isn’t likely to see the V-shaped recovery that institutional investors were hoping for as it stares down ...

OMERS Sponsors Corp. approves shared-risk indexing, other plan design changes

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Plan design changes are on the horizon for the Ontario Municipal Employees Retirement System’s primary pension plan. The OMERS Sponsors Corp. board has approved five plan ...

How are pension plans conducting due diligence amid physical distancing?

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Before physical distancing, pension plan sponsors typically held in-person meetings and site visits when allocating to new investment managers. “I like to look people in the ...

IMF downgrades outlook for global economy in face of virus

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The International Monetary Fund has sharply lowered its forecast for global growth this year because it envisions far more severe economic damage from the coronavirus ...

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